After staying two nights in Andrea's flat, we are hitting the road for the rest of the trip.
But before packing up for our road trip to England and Ireland, we walk to the church Andrea attends, pastored by a guy who's from Seattle and went to Multnomah University. He and Andrea share a deep and abiding love for the Seahawks, so you know he's a good guy.
Though the church has a large ex-pat community, it is also drawing in many young locals, which is exciting since the church in Scotland--and the UK as a whole--has traditionally been losing the younger generation. But people are passionate about telling others about the Jesus of the Bible, and they are making a difference.
After a great service, and a stop by a convenience store to pick up some road-trip snacks, we gather our stuff at Andrea's, have a taxi take us to the airport to get our rental car, and then we are on our way.
For as busy as yesterday was, and as busy as tomorrow will be, today is mostly just driving through beautiful countryside. Let's look at a map, shall we?
We spent our first day in Glasgow, second day in Edinburgh, and now we're driving from Glasgow down to the southern part of the Lake District. You can do the drive in 4 hours, but between stops and taking the scenic road, it takes us longer than that.
Now for some beautiful countryside...
We saw a lot of sheep.
And because it's lambing season, we saw a lot of lambs. I pretty much squealed every time we saw one, or, you know, every five minutes. For five hours.
Aside from cute animal squealings, we also listened to the audiobook of "Naked" by David Sedaris. My review is: the scenery is better, funnier, and more charming.
Speaking of scenery...
While of course I live in some beautiful countryside myself, it was really stunning driving through this landscape of rock walls and sheep farms. Just after I took this picture we got to the top of the pass, and it was total white-out conditions from the fog. Then we drove down into the Lake District, under the fog.
The roads were a bit perilous at times. Picture rocks walls (like the one above) and roads barely wide enough to fit two cars. It is not fast driving, to be sure. But it sure is beautiful.
We get to the Uplands Hotel, our lovely little B&B at the south end of the Lake District, and have dinner there just as the sun was setting.
It had been quite rainy for most of the day, but since it cleared up here at the end of the day we asked a local guy about the walk into town. He told us nothing would be open, but it was a nice 1-mile walk and the weather was nice.
After spending a day in the car, walking a few miles seemed like a good way to stretch our legs.
Here's the view out our hotel window, and the view out the front of the hotel's driveway:
We watched out for frogs crossing.
And otherwise just enjoyed the scenery.
It may not have been the most eventful of days, but it was beautiful, and a walk around a sleepy village full of spring flowers and sleeping sheep was a great way to end it.
Tomorrow is the most literary of all the days: William Wordsworth's cottage, a Beatrix Potter exhibit, and a last minute decision to see a famous Irish play.